Shepard Smith is giving up Fox Report, his nightly 7 p.m. newscast, to become chief anchor and managing editor for a division in charge of handling all breaking news coverage for Fox News.
Instead of a doing a fixed hour of straight news amid the commentators that front most of the Fox News shows, Smith's reporting will be "weaved in," as he says, throughout the day when necessary...
Shepard Smiths fast-paced nightly program The Fox Report has been the most-watched cable news show at 7 pm since October 2001. But when the program celebrates its eighth anniversary in September, therell be a new set, new graphics and, Smith says, a whole new approach to delivering the days events. But, wait, didnt we hear something about reinventing the evening news when Katie Couric was hired by CBS last year? The Biz talked with Smith about why hes forging ahead with an overhaul to his program and why you wont see him moderate a presidential-candidates debate anytime soon.TVGuide.com: Why relaunch the program? Your ratings are good, and visually its always looked cutting-edge.Shepard Smith: It was when we first rolled it out. The goal is to always be able to communicate in a new and better way. There are certain kinds of stories that have never really worked well with television, stories that are just so visually deficient. We...